Port Moresby Nature Park is a wildlife sanctuary, botanical gardens and cultural precinct, home to hundreds of native plants and animals and dozens of cultural displays. In 2017, the Nature Park saw 130,000 people pass through its gates, making it the country’s most visited site.
The National Capital District Commission has designated the Nature Park an APEC approved zone. The APEC committee has included it in day tours for APEC delegates and expect 5000 APEC delegates to encounter Papua New Guinea’s wildlife and cultural heritage at the Nature Park in 2018. MDF’s partnership is to enhance the Nature Park’s capacity to target APEC delegates, raise sponsorships, and expand exhibits, in particular, by reducing the risk of adding a new bird-of-paradise enclosure, reptile house and model village.
The new aviary will mimic a tropical rainforest and house at least nine species of bird-of-paradise. The reptile house will feature 22 native reptiles including a Papuan Black, Emerald Monitor, Crocodile Monitor, and a White Lipped Tree Frog. The model village will consist of six huts and be a new space to host cultural events, craft markets and picnics.
This partnership with Port Moresby Nature Park fits in with the broad strategic focus on promoting Papua New Guinea as a tourism destination and will address the lack of investment in development of destinations and the poor perception of the country as a tourism destination.